Even as Kambala fans and patrons continue to appreciate and support the sport, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has yet again brought to light instances of animal cruelty.
Photographic evidence and eyewitness observation reports reveal rampant cruelty to buffalo bulls during Kambala (buffalo racing) events that were held on Nov 25 in Hokkadi Goli, near Arambodi village, and on Dec 3 at Bangrakuloor in Mangaluru City.
PETA says that this evidence proves yet again that no amount of regulation – including the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, and the conditions set by the state government in its 14 November 2017 notification – can prevent cruelty to buffalo bulls.
This latest investigation shows reluctant buffalo bulls being pushed, pulled by their nose ropes, dragged to the starting point, and rampantly beaten using wooden sticks throughout the race. Some bulls also had marks on their bodies from past beatings. Many who finished the race were frothing at the mouth, salivating heavily, and displaying increased respiration rates, demonstrating that they are anatomically unsuited to racing and that these events are extremely hard on their bodies.
PETA India will present the evidence to the Supreme Court of India during the upcoming hearing.
PETA Public Policy Lead, Nikunj Sharma, said “Handlers beat and whip the animals to force them to race against their natural instinct – which is to keep their bodies cool in water and not to overheat.”
Date:5 Dec 2017